Finalists chosen for 2012 King of the Throne

Victoria B.C.’s Langley Street Loo is made of stainless steel, operates on solar-powered light-emitting diode (LED) lights, and includes a hand-washing station on its exterior. Photo courtesy Langley Street Loo.

Five finalists for Canada’s Best Restroom contest—ranging from a mobile toilet with solar-powered lighting to a renovated warehouse with oil paintings—have been announced.

The third annual competition, put on by Cintas Canada—a uniform, data management, and restroom-cleaning company—aims to recognize businesses creating unique and clean facilities for customers.

This year’s finalists are:
• Centre for Professional Training (CFP)—vocational school (Repentigny, Qué.);
• Earls, King Street location—restaurant (Toronto);
• Georgian Court Hotel (Vancouver);
• Langley Street Loo—publically accessible restroom (Victoria); and
• This is London—nightclub (Toronto).

The competition’s survey editor, Sabrina Zimring, explained some of this year’s trends to Construction Canada Online.

“We’re seeing a lot of designers taking measures to save space, sometimes using compact designs in the vanities, toilets, and urinals,” she said. “We’re also seeing unusual bathroom basins and elegant lighting, such as pendent lighting, or something with a minimal, modern, and sleek look. Also, antiqued chandlers are being used as a focal point.”

Zimring explained cleanliness and convenience are key factors in a winning restroom design, but over the years more restrooms are incorporating sustainable features.

“We continue to see a spike in designers going green,” she explained. “We see touch-free hand-dryers, automatic-flow faucets, low-flow toilets, and compostable or recyclable paper products.”

Voting is open to the public at, and the winner will be announced later this fall.

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The women’s restroom in Toronto’s renovated warehouse-turned club, This Is London, offers its visitors facilities with plush couches and oil paintings. Photo courtesy This Is London.
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